Book Review: Peace Cottage by Lisa Kent

Genre : Contemporary Romance
Format : eBook
Rating : 5/5 stars

Thank you NetGalley and publisher Curiosity Quills Press for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that’s really quaint and peaceful, just like the title suggested. Peace Cottage is the perfect book if you want to read something warm, cozy and touching.

The book is about Lucy, a mother of two teenage daughters having to face life after she lost her husband to a tragic illness. Broken in her life and shunned by the community of her hometown after a decision she and her family made, Lucy decided to move out with her daughters Delia and Saffy in search for a new place to stay and start anew.

She found a place in East Winsett, Maine and rented a cottage in the woods. The cottage was beyond filthy when they started out but after some cleaning effort they began to appreciate its charm.  But the previous condition of the cottage and its mysterious and reserved owner kept Lucy wondering the history of the cottage.

Lisa Kent’s writing is exquisite. Her writing stirred the emotions of facing the loss of a partner and home, coping with the absence of happiness, parenting two teenage daughters about to step into adulthood, healing and addressing the pain and the greatest of all the hope to find love again.

There’s a spark of hope in me too as I followed Lucy’s journey, with the help of her daughters and the landlord, together they transformed the cottage into a real home. And along this their family learned more about the landlord. I read with amusement the little things about raising daughters, like the excerpt below, it reminds me so much about my mom.

Delia smiled with pleasure and satisfaction. That’s what I had been waiting for, the smile when she finished. I knew then she would be fine. I didn’t bother telling her that her hair looked soft and pretty, and her yellow-checkered apron looked sweet on her. She wouldn’t have listened anyway. But I was happy for her.

The description of the cottage and its surrounding woods, the shoreline and nearby beach are also a joy to read, I could really imagine the hidden gem nestled in a picturesque location.

Before I conclude, there’s a little twist at the end of the book, a one that I didn’t expect which left me to ponder on deeper things in life. I would highly recommend to pick up this book which conveyed close to heart themes in daily life and I would love to read the sequel to this book.

Author Lisa Kent’s Blog — lisamoniquekent

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